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Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication
Multiple Perspectives

Second Edition
Edited by:


October 2014 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Winner of the 2017 NCA Gerald R. Miller Book Award!

Use and Understand Interpersonal Communication Theories

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives highlights key theories used to guide interpersonal communication research. The Second Edition features 30 theory chapters written by leading scholars in interpersonal communication, including new coverage of evolutionary theories, Problematic Integration Theory, supportive communication theories, Theory of Motivated Information Management, critical approaches to interpersonal communication, and Media Multiplexity Theory. Each theory chapter follows the same structure to help readers easily find and compare information across theories. An updated introductory chapter maps the history and the current state of interpersonal communication theory since publication of the first edition, based on comprehensive analysis of published scholarship.  Presenting both classic and cutting-edge issues, the book organizes theories into three clusters—theories that are individually-centered; theories that are focused on discourse and interaction processes; and theories that examine how communication functions in personal relationships. All authors interweave abstract theoretical concepts with concrete examples in order to maximize readability and comprehension.
Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt, and Kristen Carr
Introduction: Meta-Theory and Theory in Interpersonal Communication Research
 
PART I: Individually Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication
John O. Greene
Action Assembly Theory: Forces of Creation
Brian H. Spitzberg and Valerie Manusov
Attribution Theory: Finding Good Cause in the Search for Theory
Tamara Afifi, Shardé Davis, and Amanda Denes
Evolutionary Theories: Explaining the Links Between Biology and Interpersonal Communication
James Price Dillard
Goals-Plans-Action Theory of Message Production: Making Influence Messages
James M. Honeycutt
Imagined Interaction Theory: Mental Representations of Interpersonal Communication
Charles R. Berger
Planning Theory of Communication: Goal Attainment Through Communicative Action
Austin S. Babrow and Katie M. Striley
Problematic Integration Theory and Uncertainty Management Theory: Learning to Hear and Speak to Different Forms of Uncertainty
Rachel M. McLaren and Denise Haunani Solomon
Relational Framing Theory: Drawing Inferences About Relationships From Interpersonal Interactions
Graham D. Bodie and Erina L. MacGeorge
Supportive Communication Theories: Dual-Process Theory of Supportive Message Outcomes and Advice Response Theory
Walid A. Afifi and Stephanie Robbins
Theory of Motivated Information Management: Struggles With Uncertainty and Its Outcomes
 
PART II: Discourse/Interaction-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication
Howard Giles and Jordan Soliz
Communication Accommodation Theory: A Situated Framework for Relational, Family, and Intergroup Dynamics
Michael L. Hecht
Communication Theory of Identity: Multilayered Understandings of Performed Identities
Leslie A. Baxter and Bryan Asbury
Critical Approaches to Interpersonal Communication: Charting a Future
Julia T. Wood
Critical Feminist Theories: Giving Voice and Visibility to Women’s Experiences in Interpersonal Relations
Cindy H. White
Expectancy Violations Theory and Interaction Adaptation Theory: From Expectations to Adaptation
Sandra Metts and William R. Cupach
Face Theory: Goffman’s Dramatistic Approach to Interpersonal Interaction
Karen Tracy
Grounded Practical Theory: Theorizing Communicative Practices
Jody Koenig Kellas
Narrative Theories: Making Sense of Interpersonal Communication
Daena J. Goldsmith and Emily Lamb Normand
Politeness Theory: How We Use Language to Save Face
Leslie A. Baxter and Kristen M. Norwood
Relational Dialectics Theory: Navigating Meaning From Competing Discourses
Gerry Philipsen
Speech Codes Theory: Traces of Culture in Interpersonal Communication
 
PART III: Relationship-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication
Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse, and Mark Alan Generous
Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication
Laura K. Guerrero
Attachment Theory: A Communication Perspective
Sandra Petronio and Wesley T. Durham
Communication Privacy Management Theory: Significance for Interpersonal Communication
Judee K. Burgoon and David B. Buller
Interpersonal Deception Theory: Purposive and Interdependent Behavior During Deceptive Interpersonal Interactions
Andrew M. Ledbetter
Media Multiplexity Theory: Technology Use and Interpersonal Tie Strength
Leanne K. Knobloch
The Relational Turbulence Model: Communicating During Times of Transition
Paul A. Mongeau and Mary Lynn Miller Henningsen
Stage Theories of Relationship Development: Charting the Course of Interpersonal Communication
Laura Stafford
Social Exchange Theories: Calculating the Rewards and Costs of Personal Relationships
Joseph B. Walther
Social Information Processing Theory: Impressions and Relationship Development Online

"A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life."

Rene Dailey
University of Texas at Austin

"love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration-this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book."

Maureen P. Keeley
Texas State University-San Marcos

"This book is clearly needed as our discipline is advancing almost exponentially in the area of theory and theory development. For so long we have relied, in whole or part, on the theories of other disciplines and consequently fragmented "readings." For students, this book provides an interpersonal link to what we've borrowed in the past and presents future implications of how we might take the current theoretical developments and use them to further test the respective theories or to guide subsequent research."

Clark D. Olson
Arizona State

"Useful, thorough examination of interpersonal theories that will help my students apply theory competently to their own experience."

Leanne Pupchek
Queens University of Charlotte

"This book had an excellent review of the relevant theories in Interpersonal Communication. The text was perfect for an advanced undergraduate course."

Nancy Tobler
Utah Valley University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Eight new theory chapters including a focus on media, social support, critical approaches, and biological and evolutionary theories
  • New reports on the analysis of theory in interpersonal communication studies
  • New sections on evaluation, practical applications, and continuing the conversation

KEY FEATURES:

  • Presents new and updated chapters written by the scholars who developed the theories or who use the theories extensively in their own research to give readers a first-hand perspective and real-life examples on how to apply the theories
  • Begins with an overview chapter written by the editors that sets the context for readers by laying out their perspective on theory and the current landscape of theory in interpersonal communication
  • Offers a parallel organizational structure in all chapters for easy comparison across theories
  • Includes section overviews provided by the editors to help readers integrate and digest the multiple theories covered in the volume

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 25

Chapter 28


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